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Susan B. Anthony Petition

Petition from Susan B. Anthony to U.S. Congress

The tactics of the suffragists went beyond petitions and memorials to Congress. Testing another strategy, Susan B. Anthony registered and voted in the 1872 election in Rochester, NY. As planned, she was arrested for "knowingly, wrongfully and unlawfully vot[ing] for a representative to the Congress of the United States," convicted by the State of New York, and fined $100, which she insisted she would never pay a penny of. On January 12, 1874, Anthony petitioned the Congress of the United States requesting "that the fine imposed upon your petitioner be remitted, as an expression of the sense of this high tribunal that her conviction was unjust."

The Document

Refer to Caption Petition from Susan B. Anthony to the United States Congress Record Group 46Records of the U.S. Senate National Archives and Records Administration
Refer to Caption Petition from Susan B. Anthony to the United States Congress Record Group 46Records of the U.S. Senate National Archives and Records Administration
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